Seriously, there are some desserts that are so easy to make, it is barely believable; easy and yet delicious. Take this easy recipe for apple mousse. It is not just a wonderful way to use cooking apples or sharp-flavored eating apples, the dessert is also light yet a delicious dessert which is also useful for lunchboxes, picnics and parties.
- 3 medium sized cooking apples or Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered and cored
- 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) water
- 15g (½ oz) white sugar
- Dash of lemon juice
- 300ml (10 fl oz) scrumpy (farmhouse cider) or dry cider
- 3 gelatin leaves softened in a little cold water, or 1 ½ teaspoon powdered gelatin
- 300 ml (½ pt) whipping cream
- Place the prepared apples in a saucepan, add the water, sugar and lemon juice and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes or until the apples are tender and just starting to break up.
- Liquidise or mash the apples then push them through a fine sieve to create a simple sauce.
- Place your choice of cider into another saucepan and boil until reduced to about 5 tablespoons remain.
- Remove the cider from the heat then add the softened gelatin leaves or sprinkle over the powdered gelatin, stir until dissolved and leave to cool.
- Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks and then fold into the apple purée, cider and gelatin mix.
- Divide the apple mousse mixture between 4 x 3 ½ " or 9 cm ramekins. Smooth the surface with a small palette knife or the back of a spoon and leave to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Once set, serve immediately garnished with a sprig of fresh mint and perhaps a few shortbread biscuits.
Alternatives to the Classic Apple Mousse Recipe
This recipe for apple mousse is a classic and as such is perhaps best left alone. However, it is good from time to time to ring the changes so here are a few suggestions.
Change the apples. Granny Smiths so give a crisp, sharp flavour to the mousse, but you may want to try other apples. Pink Fir are softer and will be sweeter.
Change the fruit. How about switching out to pears. Sweet Williams and Concord Pears will cook and puree in a similar way to the apples, so simply change the apples to these.
Add a little extra flavour. The apple mousse recipe here uses cider as a background flavour. Switch this out using other flavoured drinks (alcoholic or otherwise). Pear flavour liqueurs work well or try an Armagnac or Calvados, these, however are not suitable for children.